Science & technology
Facebook unveils Paper, a Flipboard rivalPublish Date: Jan 30, 2014
Facebook unveils Paper, a Flipboard rival
  • mail
  • img
newvision

FACEBOOK on Thursday unveiled Paper, a Flipboard-like reader app, as it continues to broaden its mobile offerings.

Paper is made up of stories and themed sections, tying together your News Feed with other themes and topics ranging from sports to food, with stories from publications. It will be available in the US on Feb. 3 for iPhone users.

Paper is just the latest step in Facebook's strategy to push more into the mobile world. Beyond its core Facebook app and the Instagram photo-sharing service, it has steadily launched mobile products such as its Messenger app. 

During its earnings conference call on Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company was working on more standalone mobile apps. 

This marks a reversal of the company's ill-fated Facebook Home strategy, which essentially took over an Android phone with its own custom user interface. As it turns out, people like Facebook, but not that much.

Still, Facebook's mobile push seem to be paying off, with the company generating more than half of its advertising revenue from that area.

Paper, meanwhile, can be navigated by thumbing through the stories, a la Flipboard. 

You can tilt your phone to pan through panoramic photos from corner to corner, and to see important details like faces. For better or worse, there are full-screen auto-play videos. Stories, meanwhile, get attractive full-screen covers.

Facebook users can also create their own stories, and preview how their posts will look before sharing them.

The company said Paper is the first product from its Facebook Creative Labs, formed to create new apps for phones.

Introducing Paper from Facebook on Vimeo.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Judge rejects Microsoft
A judge on Thursday rejected a bid by Microsoft to derail a warrant demanding that email data from servers in Ireland be turned over to US prosecutors....
Android grabs 85% of smartphone market: survey
Smartphones powered by the Android operating system captured 85 percent of the worldwide market in the second quarter, threatening to marginalize rival platforms, a new survey shows....
Google says
Google on Thursday told European officials that forgetting isn''t easy, especially when details are few and guidelines are murky regarding when personal privacy trumps public interest....
Taiwan
Taiwan's struggling smartphone maker HTC said Thursday it expected revenue in the July-September quarter to up to 35 percent from Q2 as sales slowed for some products....
Fujitsu says returns to profit on strong PC, mobile sales
Fujitsu said Thursday it had swung back to profitability in the April-June period, with the Japanese information technology giant''s results driven by upbeat demand for its personal computer and mobile products....
Microsoft to comply with China amid probe
MICROSOFT has said it seeks to comply with Chinese law, after Beijing announced an anti-monopoly investigation of the US technology giant over its business practices...
Is Uganda prepared to effectively tackle an Ebola Outbreak?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter